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PM arrived in Romania with official visit
Publish Time: 2017-04-26 16:08:00
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili is in Romania with an official visit. An expanded meeting of governmental representatives of the two countries has already been held. The sides discussed political, economic, energy, transit and cultural-humanitarian cooperation issues. Within the framework of the visit, Kvirikashvili is scheduled to hold meetings with President and Prime Minister of Romania. Joins statements will be made for the media. Georgian PM will attend a reception to be given on the occasion of 25th jubilee of establishment of diplomatic relations between Georgia and Romania.
PACE delegates demand Agramunt's resignation
Publish Time: 2017-04-26 13:17:00
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) demands resignation of Pedro Agramunt from the post of PACE President. Political groups are holding voting procedures and urge Agramunt to give the guarantee that he will make a statement about resignation on April 28. The Georgian delegation supports the demand. The demand is related to Agramunt’s trip to Syria. A delegation of PACE deputies from the Czech Republic, Belgium, Serbia, and Italy and the State Duma of Russia led by PACE President of Pedro Agramunt visited Syria in March.
PM to arrive in Romania with official visit
Publish Time: 2017-04-26 10:15:00
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili will arrive in Romania with an official visit today. Within the framework of the visit, Kvirikashvili is scheduled to hold meetings with President and Prime Minister of Romania. Joins statements will be made for the media. Georgian PM will attend a reception to be given on the occasion of 25th jubilee of establishment of diplomatic relations between Georgia and Romania.
Mikheil Janelidze meets German Federal Chancellor’s foreign and security policy adviser
Publish Time: 2017-04-26 09:59:00
Within the framework of his official visit to the Federal Republic of Germany, Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze held a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel's foreign and security policy adviser Christoph Heusgen, Georgia’s Foreign Ministry reports.Discussions during the meeting focused on friendly and partner relations between Georgia and Germany in various areas. The Georgian Foreign Minister thanked the German side for Georgia’s support on European and Euro-Atlantic integration path emphasizing Berlin’s role in granting Georgia visa-free travel with the EU. For his part, Christoph Heusgen highlighted Georgia’s impressive progress and its fundamental transformation making Georgia a rightful member of the European family.The sides spoke about the issues of regional security. Mikheil Janelidze paid special attention to the Russian Federation’s steps taken towards annexation of Georgia’s Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions. Christoph Heusgen pledged Germany’s support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and highly appraised the Georgian Government’s policy directed towards peaceful resolution of the conflict, de-escalation of the situation and confidence-building measures between the communities torn apart by the war.As reported by the ministry, the sides highlighted the importance of celebrating the Georgia-Germany Friendship Year in terms of political and cultural rapprochement and the strengthening of people-to-people contacts.
Parliamentary minority MPs meet with members of Venice Commission
Publish Time: 2017-04-26 01:07:00
MPs of parliamentary minority being on a working visit in Strasbourg, met with members of Venice Commission, an advisory body of Council of Europe. The opposition provided members of Venice Commission with the information about the new version of Constitution of Georgia prepared by State Constitutional Commission. Davit Bakradze, a member of European Georgia said after the meeting that he believed the conclusion of Venice Commission about the proposed changes would be critical.
PACE to reopen monitoring process against Turkey
Update Time: 2017-04-25 20:15:00
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has decided to reopen a political monitoring process against Turkey following the April 16 referendum on constitutional reform.The assembly gathered Tuesday in France's Strasbourg in a session to discuss a report titled "The functioning of democratic institutions in Turkey," during which 113 voted in favor, while 45 voted against the monitoring decision.During its Spring Part Session on April 25, PACE decided to re-open the monitoring procedure in respect to Turkey, which has been under post-monitoring dialogue since 2004. In response, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemned the decision and said that it had been made with political motives, Daily Sabah reports.The ministry reiterated that Turkey has been hosting more than 3.2 million refugees and fighting against terrorist organizations like the PKK, FETÖ and Daesh, all while contributing to EU's security and stability.The ministry statement added that the Union's ill-intentioned circles had been exposed when certain PACE members, who came to observe the referendum in Turkey, were revealed to be sympathizers of the PKK terrorist organization.The Foreign Ministry strongly urged the parliamentarians, who voted for the PACE decision, to act using common sense, and to take joint actions against the growing threat of terrorism, rising xenophobia, racism and Islamophobia around the world, while also following a responsible and human rights-oriented approach in refugee and migration management.EU Affairs Minister and Chief Negotiator Ömer Çelik also criticized the PACE decision, saying that the council and the assembly made a "historical" mistake. "Europe has adopted an exclusionist attitude, instead of fulfilling its responsibilities towards Turkey," Çelik added.Commenting on the PACE session, Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalın described Monday the meeting as a "political operation" against Turkey. "It is clearly a political operation [against Turkey]… It is an operation by groups who are uneasy about seeing Turkey start to stand on its own two feet. We hope that they do not make a decision [to put Turkey on a monitoring/watch list] as we sincerely value our relations with the European council," Kalın said."Regardless of all means of perception mana
Zaza Bibilashvili makes statement about change to be made into Election Code
Update Time: 2017-04-25 18:31:00
Zaza Bibilashvili, one of the leaders of the United National Movement, says that the election code will be changed in order for the National Movement to be fined if it expresses support to Mikheil Saakashvili, former president of Georgia. According to Bibilashvili, the initiative of the Central Election Commission – to declare participation of a person, who has no right to participate in the pre-election campaign, as violation is specifically directed against one person who is considered by Ivanishvili as the main threat.According to him, "in parallel with the violence on the constitution," the government has taken another step to further restrict democratic processes and usurp power in the country. "These changes prove that Ivanishvili thinks that protection of his family-clan regime is possible only through illegality and injustice. He understands that his government cannot last long in the conditions of fair and democratic electoral environment. We guarantee that, together with the Georgian people, we will remove him from Georgia as the biggest enemy of the country," Bibilashvili said.
Protest at Moduli building
Update Time: 2017-04-25 16:29:00
A protest organized by National Movement Party was held at so-called Moduli building in Tbilisi with demand to investigate activities of Soso Gogashvili, Deputy Head of State Security Service. Protesters claim that Gogashvili became owner of various properties through corruption. Members of Free Zone and Reformation Center NGO joined the protest. National Movement Party has already applied to Prosecutor’s Office with demand to launch investigation into the issue.
Meeting with Secretary of Venice Commission
Update Time: 2017-04-25 16:07:00
The package of amendments to be made into Constitution of Georgia prepared by State Constitutional Commission will be discussed in Strasbourg today. Members of Parliamentary majority and minority are meeting with Secretary of Venice Commission, an advisory board of Council of Europe. The opposition will talk about the remarks and faults over the document. The meeting is closed for the media.
Government to begin work on decriminalization of economic crime
Publish Time: 2017-04-25 16:05:00
The Georgian government will begin working on decriminalization of economic crime. The amount for criminal responsibility will be increased up to 100 thousand GEL while prison term will be abolished in certain cases. Also, tax advantages for incomplete constructions will be extended by 2 years. A differentiated package will be activated regarding state healthcare program. A total of 24 issues were discussed during the governmental sitting earlier today.
President makes statement about new version of Constitution
Publish Time: 2017-04-25 14:20:00
The new version of Constitution does not contribute to ensuring the balance policy among branches of authorities – This is the viewpoint of Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili. President’s Press Speaker Eka Mishveladze introduced the standpoint to the public. Mishveladze said that President proposed working on constitutional changes with participation of wide public and through higher political consensus.
State Minister for Reconciliation and Civil Equality expected in parliament
Update Time: 2017-04-25 12:20:00
Ketevan Tsikhelashvili, State Minister for Reconciliation and Civil Equality is expected in parliament today. Tsikhelashvili will present a report and future action plan during the expanded sitting of Parliamentary Interim Commission for Restoration of Territorial Integrity and Committee of Diaspora and Caucasus Affairs. The opposition believes that office of State Minister for Reconciliation and Civil Equality should be abolished.
Package of Constitutional changes to be discussed in Strasbourg
Update Time: 2017-04-25 12:09:00
The package of amendments to be made into Constitution of Georgia prepared by Constitutional Commission will be discussed in Strasbourg today. Members of Parliamentary majority and minority will meet with Secretary of Venice Commission, an advisory board of Council of Europe. The opposition will talk about the remarks and faults over the document.
Chairman of Parliament meeting with representatives of National Platform
Update Time: 2017-04-25 12:06:00
Irakli Kobakhidze, Chairman of Parliament is meeting with representatives of Georgian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum. Changes proposed to be made into Constitution will be the main topic for discussions.
Project on Constitutional changes - Opposition starts working on the action plan
Update Time: 2017-04-24 20:19:00
The project about changes to be made into Constitution adopted by State Constitutional Commission will be sent to parliament next week. The exact date of the voting will be determined at bureau session today.The project will be presented for public discussions to the Georgian citizens as well. The ruling team is preparing for public discussions and plans to set up a special group. In parallel, the opposition starts working on the action plan against the ruling team and planned amendments.Opponents of the ruling team agree on the necessity of unification, but what form of protest should be use is unknown yet.The project prepared by State Constitutional Commission was adopted with 43 votes for, and 8 – against on 22 April. The new addition of Constitution and Law on Adjara Autonomous Republic was put for voting and approved.
Spring session of the PACE opened noisily
Update Time: 2017-04-24 20:13:00
Spring session of the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe has opened noisily in Strasbourg. The President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Pedro Agramunt was openly accused of damaging image of the organization.PACE president suspended the Assembly session and left the meeting hall.At a meeting of the PACE spring session, several deputies expressed their protest over Assembly President Agramunt’s recent visit to Syria. Italian representative Michele Nicoletti demanded the resignation of Pedro Agramunt from the post.
Project on Constitutional changes - ruling team is preparing for public discussions
Update Time: 2017-04-24 16:09:00
The project about changes to be made into Constitution adopted by State Constitutional Commission will be sent to parliament next week. The exact date of the voting will be determined at bureau session today.The project will be presented for public discussions to the Georgian citizens as well. The ruling team is preparing for public discussions, however the opposition has other plans.The project prepared by State Constitutional Commission was adopted with 43 votes for, and 8 – against on 22 April. The new addition of Constitution and Law on Adjara Autonomous Republic was put for voting and approved.
Georgian parliamentary delegation is in Strasburg
Update Time: 2017-04-24 12:15:00
Georgia’s Parliamentary Delegation, headed by the First Vice-Speaker, Tamar Chugoshvili is to attend the PACE Spring Session on April 24-28. In parallel, the Parliamentary Delegation will hold the high rank meetings.The meetings are scheduled with the PACE President, Pedro Agramunt, CoE Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, CoE High Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks and the Delegations of CoE member states.
"It is a manifestation of autocracy" - Dimitri Lortkipanidze responds to the removal of the members of oppositional parties from the Constitutional Commission list
Publish Time: 2017-04-24 10:06:00
The non-parliamentary opposition assesses the removal of the members of oppositional parties from the Constitutional Commission list as the manifestation of autocracy from the majority.According to Dimitri Lortkipanidze, a similar precedent has already taken place, when three members of Constitutional Commission refused to cooperate, however Irakli Kobakhidze did not take them out from the list at that time.Dimitri Lortkipanidze thinks that before their removal the Chairperson of the Constitutional Commission should had to apply in writing to the members.
Georgia’s Parliamentary Delegation to meet Venice Commission members
Publish Time: 2017-04-24 10:04:00
Within the visit to Strasburg, the minority and majority members of Georgia’s Parliamentary Delegation are planning to hold meeting with Venice Commission delegation.The Georgia’s delegation will introduce the constitutional amendments to the Venice Commission. The talks will focus on Georgia's reforms.